"The aim which underlies [this work] ... is to provide a manual of reference to the constitutions of other countries which have achieved closer union. At first it was intended merely to bring up-to-date a manual prepared for the Convention of 1891 in Australia, by ... the Hon. Sir R. C. Baker ... But it was found ... that a mere bringing up-to-date of ... Baker's manual would scarcely serve the purpose required ... the author therefore decided to incorporate only those parts of ... Baker's work which will be found in chapters II., III., and IV. of part II. of this book."--Pref.